Abu Dhabi finances US$918mn for Bahrain airport expansion

bahrainairportAbu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has contributed US$918mn to the Bahrain International Airport expansion project

Mohammed Al-Suwaidi, director general of the fund, said that ADFD has committed to cover the largest share of the project’s total cost of US$1.1bn, said the Bahrain News Agency report.

The contribution is a part of the GCC development programme agreed upon in 2013.

The airport expansion project, which is the largest in the history of civil aviation in Bahrain, will increase the airport’s capacity to 14mn passengers a year.

According to Bahrain Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the development and nation-building process will continue unabated in all sectors, particularly infrastructure, stressing that all potentials will be harnessed to boost efforts aimed at supporting the national economy and generating more job opportunities for the citizens.

He added that the airport project will consolidate Bahrain’s economic and tourism status and increase its competitive potentials as an outstanding hub for logistics services in the region.

The airport expansion includes a new passenger terminal covering an area of 201,467 sq m, making it four times the size of the existing terminal.

It also features 24 air bridges, airport aprons, departure halls, check-in counters, passport control booths, security lanes, the duty free, jetty-served departure gates, passport control booths, e-Gates, baggage reclaim belts and car parks.

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